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发布时间:2018-05-16 16:30 阅读

ACCORDING to The Border Mail of May 25, page 16, regarding the proposed sale of Snowy Hydro, Treasurer Peter Costello is quoted as saying: “When the NSW Government announced that it was going to sell, then the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth followed suit. “The Commonwealth Government has never owned the full thing and the Commonwealth Government can’t keep it in public ownership if the NSW Government wants to sell”. The matter he talks about so off-handedly involves our major river and the iconic Snowy Mountains Scheme. He and most of his colleagues in government are in urgent need of a reality check. This great project was built to drought-proof a major part of Australia, with electricity generation only an ancillary use. River flows are the lifeblood of this dry nation. Unlike Telstra, they cannot be manufactured. The Government can have its rich revenues from minerals, its budget surpluses and all the hype, however it will be worth little if the people, through their Government, lose control of our major water resources and the ability to utilise water for public good and not for raw profits. The Treasurer may well smirk, but neither him nor any other politician can create water. I suggest the Government and all politicians involved come down from their ivory towers and arrange for the Commonwealth to hold not only the iconic Snowy Mountains Scheme and associated river flows, but also any other Australian water sources that face privatisation. Legislation should ensure that our priceless rivers belong totally to the people of Australia, to be held in perpetuity. It is absolutely no use spending billions on border security if the Government leaves our insides open to invasion. Forget the leases, the legal agreements, the caps on foreign ownership affecting the misnamed Snowy Hydro; only total government ownership of this great resource will protect our people now and in the future. — LYN FORESTOR, Wodonga This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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